Gazi, I am told, has overtaken Psiri as the hipster hangout. The area is dominated by the old gas works, now de-commissioned and rented out as a party/events venue.
I’m not so much of a Party Animal these days; I never really was actually, and one of the few advantages of getting older (believe me there are only a few) is that I no longer have to pretend to be.
However, even I enjoyed a nice night-time amble around Gazi.
I attended the TBEX opening party in the old gasworks, or Technopolis as it is known. It is a maze of buildings containing, amongst other things, an industrial museum, plus a radio station (‘Athina 9.84’), which occupies one of the old gas holders.
Around Technopolis, the neigbouring streets also contain a large selection of bars and restaurants. It is, apparently, the trendiest gay hangout in the city too, or so I read. I didn’t see much evidence of that, but then again I wasn’t looking.
Certainly it is more of an ‘after dark’ destination. I went back there one lunchtime, keen to try out one of the cool restaurants I’d seen a few nights before, and found the area deathly quiet.
I walked around the gas works, which were spookily empty.
Finally I picked a restaurant in neighbouring Persefonis Street, which looked inviting (and, importantly, was open since quite a few of them didn’t seem to be).
This was Butcher’s Shop, where I had a really nice fish soup. Later when I checked online to make sure I had the name right, I found this restaurant recommended by Fodor’s; it’s always good when you stumble on somewhere that is recommended like this.
As for Gazi, maybe it’s better enjoyed as an after-dark destination.